David J. Swaim, 56, Topeka: March 12, 1957 – March 7, 2014

030714-swaimTOPEKA – Staff and students at USD 434 Santa Fe Trail, Carbondale, were saddened to learn of the death of their high school principal David J. Swaim. He died Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home in south Topeka. He was 56.

A Celebration of David’s life is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, in Hiawatha. Pastor Greg Pudwill, of the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, will officiate. Private family inurnment will be Thursday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.

David was born at Hiawatha, March 12, 1957, one of three children of William and Betty Farmer Swaim. He grew up at Hiawatha, attended schools here, graduating high school with the class of 1975. Dave started his post secondary education at Highland Junior College and graduated with an associate degree in 1977, prior to graduating from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1979. David worked to receive his master’s degree from Washburn University at Topeka in 1992.

He started his teaching career at Seneca at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School at the middle school, prior to teaching in the high school at USD 475 Junction City from 1989 until 1992. He then served assistant high school principal at USD 364 Marysville from 1992 until 1996. David then started as associate principal at Santa Fe Trail High School. He was the principal there at the time of his death, to total 17 years of service.

David was a member of First Baptist Church, Hiawatha; and was a member of various professional organizations. Family was very important to David all of his life as no matter where he taught, he came home each weekend to spend with his family.

Survivors include his sister Carol (Mike) Williams, Hiawatha; brother, Ron Swaim, Hiawatha; nieces and nephews, Rachel (Matt) Bloom, Wetmore, John Williams, Hiawatha, and Sarah (Johann) Murray and their daughter Jaina,, Tarkio, Mo.

The family will meet with friends following the services Wednesday evening at the funeral home until 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Brown County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, which may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S. Seventh St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.

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